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Hollande: Destruction of Islamic State is common goal of France, Russia

December 18, 2015, 17:59 UTC+3 BRUSSELS
French Defense Minister will visit Moscow on December 20 and 21 to discuss with Russian representatives measures to fight against Islamists in the Middle East
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French President Francois Hollande

French President Francois Hollande

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BRUSSELS, December 18. /TASS/. The extermination of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group (outlawed in Russia) is the common goal of France and Russia, French President Francois Hollande said on Friday following EU summit in Brussels.

"France and Russia have a common goal in regard to the destruction of IS," he told reporters.

Hollande recalled that French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian would pay a working visit to Moscow on December 20 and 21, during which he will discuss with Russian representatives measures to fight against Islamists in the Middle East. "We earlier agreed on the need to coordinate our strikes against IS," the president said.

He noted though that disagreements between Paris and Moscow over Bashar al-Assad’s role in the political transition period in Syria persisted. "Assad cannot be part of Syria’s future political system," Hollande said.

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